Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, is coming to Durham and Raleigh in a more musical and comedic way.
Ira David Wood’s musical comedy version of the classic holiday yarn is now in its 41st year of play, and has been named one of the “Top 20 Events in the Southeast,” and “one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history,” not to mention one of the goofiest ideas since the claymation version of the abominable snowman in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
If, therefore, you are looking for a bit of culture this month, a bellyful of laughs, and a reminder of what the holidays are about, you should check out this entertaining production on either of its two dates.
You can get tickets to see A Christmas Carol at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh December 9-13th and the Durham Performing Arts Center December 17-20th. If you’re already a season member with either of the performing arts centers, you might be able to get your tickets early.
As a special treat, the role of Ebenezer Scrooge will be performed by Ira David Wood’s son, Ira David Wood IV, on the Saturday matinee showings. Ticket prices range from around $30-$82, and as always, try not to show up looking for scalped tickets to a theater production; it’s tacky.
To get yourself excited for the performance, we recommend checking out some previous productions of A Christmas Carol, namely the 1984 film starring George C. Scott—arguably the most masculine man of the 20th century—and possibly even picking up the book itself at a local, independent bookstore such as Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Some people think the Muppet version is pretty good, but we haven’t seen it, so we can’t say.
We hope you enjoy the show and have a greater appreciation for the holiday season.